10 Self-Sabotaging Thoughts That Are Hurting Your Weight Loss Efforts

When it comes to successful and sustainable weight loss, we are often our own worst enemy! One way to overcome this is by being mindful of our thoughts and actions.

Don’t let your own inner-dialogue derail your efforts. Banish these 10 thoughts and you’ll be more likely to succeed.

“I CAN’T LOSE WEIGHT BECAUSE I LOVE FOOD TOO MUCH”

Not true, many overweight people eat every meal as fast as they can, without actually stopping and tasting or even smelling the food. They keep gorging on their meal until their guilt gets bigger and bigger. After the meal is finished, that person feels ashamed and guilty, even sick of himself.

If you want to be lean, you need to really love food and enjoy every nuance, every bite to its fullest, and by eating mindfully, you can control your portions, learn to eat slower and eat less.

“I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT TO BE MORE ATTRACTIVE”

The motivation to be attractive may seem like it’s a big deal, but once you get hungry you will easily forget about those people to whom you want to become likable. There are far more important things about attractiveness than looks. No matter how good you look, people will get used to it quickly and go on to look for other traits you may have that they can find attractive.

Moreover, and most important, being more attractive is usually not enough of a motivating factor to keep you on track, and rarely stands up to cravings, and unhealthy lifestyle habits.

Whether you want to be healthier, feel lighter on your feet, have more energy to play with your kids, or fit into a hot dress, those are your best reasons, and not any external sources, which are never a strong enough motivator to keep you going.

The greatest success comes when you do it for yourself.

“I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT BECAUSE I WANT TO LIKE MY SELF”

The truth is that statement is backwards, you must first like yourself, which motivates you to lose weight.

It is okay not to be satisfied with yourself if you do not like the fact that you are overweight, but the only way you can achieve any goal is to work with yourself, rather than against yourself.

“I WILL NEVER LOSE WEIGHT, I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH WILLPOWER”

Willpower is misleading, and plays a lesser role in weight loss than people think.

The key to lasting weight loss success is making profound habit changes and shifting mindset towards a healthy lifestyle and a big part of that is learning to enjoy a new way of living and eating. 

“THIS LATEST FAD DIET WILL HELP ME FINALLY LOSE WEIGHT”

Diets don’t work; they only keep from your ultimate goal.

Lasting weight loss comes from making profound lifestyle habit changes in diet and exercise.

“IF THIS DIET DOESN’T WORK, I WILL TRY ANOTHER ONE”

How many diets have you tried in your life? 10? 15? 40? If diets worked, you would have been done with the first one.

Again, the key to lasting weight loss success is making profound habit changes and shifting mindset towards a healthy lifestyle and a big part of that is learning to enjoying a new way of living and eating.

“I CAN’T LOSE WEIGHT, THERE IS NO POINT IN TRYING”

This is the most perfect self-sabotage statement. Think about it, you’ve already lost without ever entering the game.

“I’M TOO BUSY TO TAKE TIME FOR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS”

Another classic excuse to avoid the effort, work and maybe face the fears of making the changes necessary to change.

“I WILL START MY NEW DIET TOMORROW, TOMORROW, TOMORROW…”

Tomorrow is today, and the other tomorrow was yesterday and the day before that. How many tomorrows do you have left?

The time to start is NOW. Do it for you – you are worthy and you deserve this!!

Kate Miller
Kate Miller

Kate Miller, mom of 5, is on a mission to stay fit and healthy. As HealthyWage's Community Manager, she's fortunate to be surrounded by inspiring success stories day after day. Although she does get paid by HealthyWage, she is an independent mom blogger who works with HealthyWage because she thinks it is an incredible weight loss tool. In 2012, Kate lost 50 pounds and documented most of her journey right here on the HealthyWage blog. Since then, she's had to learn the subtle intricacies of staying on track by mastering the daily ebb and flow (and parties and holidays and periods of extreme laziness) of life.

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